The Digital Literacy Divide
Traditionally, the digital divide was viewed as a matter of technology and Internet access. There were the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots.’ Now, it’s generally viewed as a matter of degree of access. Equality of access
has become the greater issue.
Dr. Warschauer defines the digital divide as “social stratification due to unequal ability to access, adapt, and create knowledge via use of information and communication technologies (ICT).” He differs in his view of the digital divide through his interest in the social practices that people engage in surrounding technology and Internet access. He argues that access alone is not enough to overcome the digital divide. Literacy plays a key role as well.
Giving people bandwidth can actually make things worse without the education to go along with it. Like in politics and finance, bad advice is worse than no advice.
(Source: kellyharas, via cbsundance)
The Casual Reader: Hm, I need to kill time—let’s read!
The Hype Reader: Holy crap, that book is popular—and look! It’s being turned into a movie! I HAVE to read it!
The Loner Reader: Life is meh, let’s spend it reading instead—so much better!
The Informational Reader: I just LOVE getting lost on Google or informational texts! Reading up on random things is my thing!
The Romantic Reader: I just want love, so why not get it through books?
The Enthusiastic Reader: Oh, me? I read EVERYTHING!
The Young Adult Reader: Don’t judge me, you know you all love young adult fiction!
The Risky Reader: New Adult is for people in college?
The ARC Reader: I have no time to read anything BUT advanced reader copies!
The Reader: I just love to read. No labels, no cliches, no fears—I just love the written word.